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Mama Knows Nutrition: The Podcast

I dunno about you, but no one gave me the parenting manual I DESPERATELY need. This podcast is for all the parents who want real answers to questions like, “why the F won’t my three-year-old eat dinner,” and “can they survive on goldfish crackers alone?” I also bring on guests to learn from and connect with on all the things we go through as parents, so none of us has to feel alone.

I’m Kacie Barnes, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and mom of two. You can always count on me to keep it real, non-judgmental, and to never take myself too seriously!

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Latest Episodes

61: Staying Positive When Parenting Alone

How do you do it all alone? I chat with Lauren “Lola” Garcia from @whatlolalikes about trying to do it all when you are the primary or only parent at home, and why she found it crucial to ask for help. We talk about what that help can actually look like, and what it feels like to be the parent who shoulders the mental load of all the day to day parenting. 


60: A diabetes diagnosis…what it really means.

There are so many misconceptions about Diabetes, like you just get it if you eat a lot of sugar, or you can’t eat any carbs if you have Diabetes. I talked to Mary Ellen Phipps, who is a Registered Dietitian, mom, and has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since she was 5 years old. She shares what it’s REALLY like to live with diabetes (the ups and the downs), what it’s like for parents when they receive this diagnosis for their child, and she shares the truth about the common misconceptions.

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The Easy Diabetes Desserts Cookbook

59: New food on their plate and they freak?

If you feel like you can’t even attempt to put a new food on your picky eater’s plate because you know they’re going to be upset, you have to listen to this episode. This topic was a listener request and it’s something I hear often from picky eater parents. But I don’t want you to be scared to introduce new foods. Use these tips and you’re going to feel immediately better about dinner time with your picky eater.

Free Picky Eater Starter Guide
Simple Steps to Picky Wins

58: Grandparents won’t feed your kids how you want?

It can be so frustrating when what feels like a simple request is completely ignored! If you’re feeling stuck with grandma or grandpa going overboard on treats when they’re watching your kids, listen to this episode for what you can do to handle the situation (and hopefully get them to listen to you!).

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57: When you and your partner disagree on parenting choices [feat. Dr. Cassidy Freitas]

It can feel like you get stuck when you and your partner or co-parent have different approaches or beliefs, especially when it comes to feeding your kids. Dr. Cassidy is a therapist who specializes in marriage and family therapy, and in this episode she provides a framework to use when you need help working through this in your own home. I personally am taking her tips for the next time I need to approach a tricky topic where my husband and I are not seeing eye to eye!

56: What to do when your toddler stops eating meat (and you want them to!)

 It’s so frustrating when your little one drops foods they used to love! And for some of you, like me and my oldest kiddo, they drop A LOT of foods in the toddler stage. This episode gives you practical tips on how you can get them eating meat again, and how to introduce it in a way that’s more enticing to picky toddlers!

Check in this recipe for pineapple chicken for an easy way to introduce meat using flavors your toddler is already familiar with.

This is the sous vide mentioned in this episode.

55: [Special episode!] Must-Know Tips for Moving to a New House

Personal update…we moved to a new house! Since it has absolutely consumed my life for several weeks, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share the tips that saved my sanity and the things I’d absolutely repeat if we had to move again. This is my 3rd move as a mom, and it was by far the smoothest one yet!



This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. I was lost before I found this. When are you starting your daily segment on the third hour of the Today Show?


Please put out more podcasts! I can’t get enough of your helpful tips and creativity. It’s so nice to listen to someone who really knows kids and nutrition!


I’ve been listening to this podcast in my morning walks and it’s been a lifesaver!!!! Easy to do and super informative!

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